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(Cracked)   Six of the most amazing things discovered that humanity forgot   (cracked.com) divider line
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56665 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Apr 2010 at 11:31 AM (9 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2010-04-26 11:08:33 AM  
That's not a real steam engine. If you put any load on that, it will almost certainly stop dead.
 
2010-04-26 11:10:54 AM  

EvilEgg: That's not a real steam engine. If you put any load on that, it will almost certainly stop dead.


Yeah, and try flying a plane into a building made of that stuff they called "concrete."
 
2010-04-26 11:21:25 AM  
Look at it. It's like Sputnik. Is it a toy?

Yes...as a matter of fact, it is a toy. Kind of cool, but a toy nonetheless.
 
2010-04-26 11:21:54 AM  
At some point in the 1880s, the Great Hedge was dismantled twig by twig, reworked into tasteful patio furniture, and then burned. Probably gleefully.

*snerk*
 
2010-04-26 11:22:56 AM  
I'd suggest that we employ the Great Hedge strategy to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico, but we'd need them to trim it.
 
2010-04-26 11:27:42 AM  
FTFA: The lemon juice ration led to British sailors being dubbed "limeys," because at the time, people thought all citrus fruits were basically the same, and all citrus fruits were called limes (FORESHADOWING: THEY'RE NOT ALL THE SAME).

Ok, I lol'd.

And the bit about the gold Buddha statue was really interesting. Who just goes and forgets about a few tons of solid gold? seriously?
 
2010-04-26 11:32:23 AM  
They forgot Poland. Duh.
 
2010-04-26 11:35:32 AM  
You said you'd never forget!
 
2010-04-26 11:35:52 AM  
The Buddha statue can still be seen in Thailand. Amazing piece of work.
 
2010-04-26 11:39:40 AM  
hint, the Buddha is electroplated.
 
2010-04-26 11:41:29 AM  
I never forgot about Scurvy.
 
2010-04-26 11:41:45 AM  
EvilEgg That's not a real steam engine. If you put any load on that, it will almost certainly stop dead.

Definately dont feel like putting any load on that...
 
2010-04-26 11:41:52 AM  

EvilEgg: That's not a real steam engine. If you put any load on that, it will almost certainly stop dead.


and Watt's name isn't used to measure electricity.
 
2010-04-26 11:44:46 AM  
list fails without Damascus steel
 
2010-04-26 11:45:54 AM  
Steam power is NOT forgotten. A huge part of the country (and significant part of the world) is powered by steam. It's just called 'Nuclear Power' now since we came up with a better fire to heat the water with.
 
2010-04-26 11:46:05 AM  
Cracked blocked, please post list, yadda yadda...
 
2010-04-26 11:47:26 AM  
This list is worthless without Dre
 
2010-04-26 11:47:32 AM  
They forgot the Baghdad battery
 
2010-04-26 11:48:56 AM  

Jaffiss: Steam power is NOT forgotten. A huge part of the country (and significant part of the world) is powered by steam. It's just called 'Nuclear Power' now since we came up with a better fire to heat the water with.


It isn't forgotten NOW. It WAS forgotten for some centuries, before being 'discovered' again.
 
2010-04-26 11:48:59 AM  

NYRBill: list fails without Damascus steel


and Greek Fire
 
2010-04-26 11:50:17 AM  
List fails without, oh...what was it? I forget.

Carry on
 
2010-04-26 11:51:35 AM  

The Great EZE: This list is worthless without Dre


6. steam engine
5. gold statue of Buddha
4. cure for scurvy
3. ligature to stop bleeding
2. the Great Hedge of India (OK, that was pretty interesting)
1. concrete
 
2010-04-26 11:52:57 AM  
7. Where I put my goddamned keys.
 
jbb
2010-04-26 11:53:02 AM  
I read "James Watt, who would get all of the credit (right down to everyone using his last name to measure electricity)." right at the start and gave up as I assumed the rest of the article would be equally inaccurate. Watts don't measure "electricty" whatever that's supposed to mean, they are the units of power.
 
2010-04-26 11:53:39 AM  

oldernell: The Buddha statue can still be seen in Thailand. Amazing piece of work.


I've seen it. And amazingly, it's in a real nowhere neighborhood. You have to really want to find it, even today.

/lots of other cool things to see in Thailand, too
//and amazing food
 
2010-04-26 11:53:50 AM  
In before Cracked whiners.
 
2010-04-26 11:55:08 AM  

Jaffiss: Steam power is NOT forgotten. A huge part of the country (and significant part of the world) is powered by steam. It's just called 'Nuclear Power' now since we came up with a better fire to heat the water with.


To be fair, it goes even further than that. Steam Power is an integral part of coal, solar, and geothermal power plants as well.
(possibly more)
 
2010-04-26 11:55:33 AM  
I didn't see Poland on that list.
 
2010-04-26 11:55:43 AM  

Talon: And the bit about the gold Buddha statue was really interesting. Who just goes and forgets about a few tons of solid gold? seriously?


Well when your country is being burned to the ground and everything around you being raped pillaged, and you women raped you tend to prioritize things in your life.
 
2010-04-26 11:56:03 AM  
I love Cracked lists. It's not so much the content, but the snark.
 
2010-04-26 11:57:34 AM  

jbb: I read "James Watt, who would get all of the credit (right down to everyone using his last name to measure electricity)." right at the start and gave up as I assumed the rest of the article would be equally inaccurate. Watts don't measure "electricty" whatever that's supposed to mean, they are the units of power.


I already said that.

Nobody listens to me.
 
2010-04-26 11:58:34 AM  

Jaffiss: Steam power is NOT forgotten.


Might want to read the story. The entry is not about steam power being forgotten NOW.

Anyway, fascinating to consider what could have been if the Romans had seen the mechanical potential in that little toy.
 
2010-04-26 11:59:02 AM  
I guess my tea kettle is a steam engine also.
 
2010-04-26 11:59:03 AM  
Capitalism?
 
2010-04-26 12:00:04 PM  
Stuff like this is forgotten or lost all the time. The Great Hedge was only rediscovered because someone had written it down somewhere. Without that, or some kind of oral tradition -- both very fallible -- anything not in constant use is a candidate for falling through the cracks.

This is why I don't gripe about repeat fark threads, or complain about "old news." Something worth knowing is something worth repeating.

/Did I mention that something worth knowing is something worth repeating?
 
2010-04-26 12:01:42 PM  

Talon: FTFA: The lemon juice ration led to British sailors being dubbed "limeys," because at the time, people thought all citrus fruits were basically the same, and all citrus fruits were called limes (FORESHADOWING: THEY'RE NOT ALL THE SAME).

Ok, I lol'd.

And the bit about the gold Buddha statue was really interesting. Who just goes and forgets about a few tons of solid gold? seriously?


Same here, doubly so with the, "god damn you British and your lime!"
 
2010-04-26 12:02:44 PM  
Missing from list:
Antikythera Mechanism
Baghdad Battery

Though, batteries and computers were probably pretty useless in an era when people were still trying to get a handle on public sanitation
 
2010-04-26 12:03:49 PM  

jbb: I read "James Watt, who would get all of the credit (right down to everyone using his last name to measure electricity)." right at the start and gave up as I assumed the rest of the article would be equally inaccurate. Watts don't measure "electricty" whatever that's supposed to mean, they are the units of power.


It's a layman's term, used in a piece targeting layman, and used simply as a shorthand to say, "This man was utterly vital to the industrial revolution; you hear his name every day and don't realize it."

I'm not entirely sure why that would upset you.
 
2010-04-26 12:04:28 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Talon: And the bit about the gold Buddha statue was really interesting. Who just goes and forgets about a few tons of solid gold? seriously?

Well when your country is being burned to the ground and everything around you being raped pillaged, and you women raped you tend to prioritize things in your life.


Yeah but a year later wouldn't someone, somewhere, say "now hey, didn't there used to be a ten ton statue of solid gold? I wonder what ever happened to that?"

It seems like the sort of thing you'd remember shortly after the pillaging stopped, roughly 1 year after it got started according to TFA.
 
2010-04-26 12:05:11 PM  
to everyone complaining about the Watt comment you need to remember the average person has little knowledge of electricity. flick switch, light comes on. or doesn't and part of buying the correct replacement you need to know how many WATTS the bulb used
 
2010-04-26 12:05:12 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Well when your country is being burned to the ground and everything around you being raped pillaged, and you women raped you tend to prioritize things in your life.


You said rape twice.
 
2010-04-26 12:06:48 PM  
The clitoris? DNRTFA

/got nothing, blasted Mondays
 
2010-04-26 12:06:52 PM  

tommyl66: IdBeCrazyIf: Well when your country is being burned to the ground and everything around you being raped pillaged, and you women raped you tend to prioritize things in your life.

You said rape twice.


Priorities man, priorities.
 
2010-04-26 12:08:42 PM  
I could never forget BOILING TAR!
 
2010-04-26 12:11:45 PM  
I hate the Dark Ages SO MUCH. Fark you, religion, for setting humanity back a thousand years. Imagine what the world would be like right now if that hadn't happened.
 
2010-04-26 12:13:04 PM  

NYRBill: to everyone complaining about the Watt comment you need to remember the average person has little knowledge of electricity. flick switch, light comes on. or doesn't and part of buying the correct replacement you need to know how many WATTS the bulb used


Fine, but they could have at least said "electrical power", which would be somewhat more accurate and still convey the simplicity you desire.
 
2010-04-26 12:13:44 PM  

LordJiro:
It isn't forgotten NOW. It WAS forgotten for some centuries, before being 'discovered' again.


shoegaze99: Jaffiss: Steam power is NOT forgotten.

Might want to read the story. The entry is not about steam power being forgotten NOW.


Hmm, I guess it depends on your definition of 'forgotten' and 'invented'. There were thousands of devices developed to expand (pun intended) on the knowledge of the properties of steam between Hero and Watt. Most of which were necessary to realize steam power as we know it today. To me, that's like saying that the world 'forgot' about flight between Da Vinci and Lockheed-Martin.

meh... just me though.
 
2010-04-26 12:14:05 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: jbb: I read "James Watt, who would get all of the credit (right down to everyone using his last name to measure electricity)." right at the start and gave up as I assumed the rest of the article would be equally inaccurate. Watts don't measure "electricty" whatever that's supposed to mean, they are the units of power.

I already said that.

Nobody listens to me.


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2010-04-26 12:14:33 PM  
It's true, you never see people using concrete anymore. I'm not even sure what you could use it for in these days and times.
 
2010-04-26 12:15:19 PM  
We've also forgotten the secret of Jayne Mansfield's bra.
 
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